21 Apr
Srinivas Rao

I'll go straight on point.. I'm a 20 year old guy and currently studyin a college. The last year I have been feeling very... empty. I'm not sad or anything, I just don't feel anything at all. The problem is I can't motivate myself to do anything anymore. If I'm free from college, I wake up at around noon and stare at the computer screen until 4 am. Repeat next day... Things I used to love, like working out, playing guitar, football don't excite me at all anymore. I keep telling myself to stop reading useless stuff on the internet and instead be productive, like study or be creative somehow... but when I try, I do it for five minutes before I give up.

Can anyone help me out of this?

Responses 3

  • Sharon John Thomas
    Sharon John Thomas   Apr 23, 2018 03:20 PM

    Hello there!

    Depression is usually an extended period characterized by extreme, persistent feelings of sadness, disillusionment and a general loss of interest. You might feel:

    • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
    • Irritability or frustration.
    • Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, such as hobbies.
    • Sleep disturbances. Sleeping either too much or too little.
    • Reduced or increased appetite. Weight gain or loss.
    • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and fixation on past events. Low self-esteem.
    • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
    • Troubling working up to full potential. Inability to concentrate.

    Since you've mentioned some of the symptoms listed above, I suggest that you practice some self-care, like pampering yourself a bit, hanging out with friends that you trust, talking to your parents or someone you love, going for a long walk or getting some sun.

    If you feel you are not getting better, or that you're getting worse, consult a psychiatrist or a therapist. You can take medicines or get psychotherapy for this. 

    Good luck!

  • Ayushi Jolly
    Ayushi Jolly   Apr 22, 2018 10:45 PM

    Hey there! I hope you are doing well.  I can very well relate to this situation because even I am in college so I know how so many people and so many friends of mine and the best part is that you are aware that there is something wrong with it and this is where half of the solution has already been resolved and the fact that you want to change it brings you have way to words the solution itself only now if you can’t to look at things from a psychologist. If you then I would like to suggest that you take a note of all the things that this liked by you and also a note of things that you like even if it once in a blue moon even if it’s going to be a nice cream parlour buying bread for yourself anything you like or dislike just write it down on a piece of paper and then try To eliminate all the factors you dislike from your life and all the things that you like being cultivated and all the bad habits like staying on the laptop for the entire day sleeping or played it is not inappropriate because you do not sleep till 4 AM so how can you wake up before 4 PM completely justified so it’ll take time and then secondly you can indulge in physical exercise and also if this does not help at personal level please feel free to consult one of the experts on this forum.

  • Vibha Gangal
    Vibha Gangal   Apr 21, 2018 11:08 PM

    From your symptoms there is a chance that you might be falling into depression but let's not jump to conclusions without proper diagnosis of it.

    Here are some steps that you may follow to tackle your emotional numbness.

    Also, don't hesitate to concern a professional for help.

    1) Connect with others and go for a mental health diagnosis

    2) Talk to a therapist as well as a physician

    3) Identify your emotions and use your hobbies to let them flow.

    4) Try to stay grounded and write about your feelings in a self-kept diary.

    5) Challlenge negative thoughts and do things that keep you happy.

    6) Meditate and increase fun time

    7) Eat well and avoid using substances of any sort

    Hope this helps you. Good luck :)